Moving forces you to go through each and every thing you own. Sometimes nostalgia plays more of a role than practicality, but here are some things you can think about when deciding what to toss and what to box up.

Despite any pain it may cause you, it's important to get rid of anything you truly don't need. Not only will it help you avoid clutter, but it can actually make it easier and cheaper to move.

If you are upsizing, you probably have more room for clutter. Taking into consideration the garage size, and overall storage space in the house will help you determine what you can take with you. If you are downsizing, you know you will have to do some cleaning out, and this is a good opportunity to start fresh in your new space.

3 Simple Guidelines

1) If you haven't used it in a year, it needs to go. This can especially help when sizing down your wardrobe
2) If it has not been opened since the previous move, get rid of it. If you didn't use it at this house, you're probably not going to use it at the next one.
3) Don't let nostalgia trump reason. Sometimes books and CD's hold sentimental meaning, but lugging them to your new home ins't always practical.

Packing too much stuff is one of the biggest moving mistakes you can make. Save yourself some time, money, and sanity by decluttering as much as possible before you move.

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 And remember, your trash can be someone else's treasure. Consider donating your unwanted goods to a charity

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